Dirk Röse

Klasmann-Deilmann starts part­ners­hip with Wagen­in­gen incu­ba­tor StartLife

Sup­por­ting young entre­pre­neurs and inno­va­ti­ve ide­as |  Aimed at fin­ding inno­va­tions to pro­mo­te horticulture

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group is incre­a­sing its acti­vi­ties to deve­lop inno­va­ti­ve pro­duct solu­ti­ons for the pro­fes­sio­nal hor­ti­cul­tu­re sec­tor and has laun­ched a part­ners­hip with the Dut­ch Food & Agri Incu­ba­tor “Start­Li­fe”, which is sup­por­ted by “Wagen­in­gen Uni­ver­si­ty & Rese­arch”. The part­ners­hip will focus on co-ope­ra­ti­ons with star­tups in terms of pro­mi­sing sus­tainab­le inno­va­tions that can take hor­ti­cul­tu­re to a hig­her level.

In addi­ti­on to Jan Mei­ling, Mana­ging Direc­tor of “Start­Li­fe”, the offi­cial cere­mo­ny to sign the con­tract was atten­ded by Ted Vol­leb­regt, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Klasmann-Deilmann Bene­lux, and Sjors Bei­jer, Pro­ject Mana­ger at the sales com­pa­ny in the Nether­lands. Both of them are respon­si­ble for inno­va­tions at Klasmann-Deilmann and the­re­fo­re will enga­ge in the acti­vi­ties of Start­Li­fe on the Wagen­in­gen Campus.

Pre­sent during the signing of the con­tract (from left): Ted Vol­leb­regt (Mana­ging Direc­tor Klasmann-Deilmann Bene­lux), Jan Mei­ling (Mana­ging Direc­tor Start­Li­fe), Sjors Bei­jer (Pro­ject Mana­ger Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux)

In the run-up to the pro­ject, Klasmann-Deilmann has atten­ded several events at Wagen­in­gen Cam­pus and tal­ked to various can­di­da­tes from all over the world about their pro­jects. “We are deligh­ted with the diver­si­ty and inten­si­ty that Wagen­in­gen devo­tes to rese­arch and inno­va­ti­on,” said Nor­bert Siebels, Mana­ging Direc­tor of the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. “The­se young entre­pre­neurs and their excel­lent ide­as deser­ve a chan­ce – and we wish to give at least some of them that chan­ce. We will have clo­se con­ta­ct with star­tups by being pre­sent on cam­pus and sup­port selec­ted inno­va­tions that will help to advan­ce hor­ti­cul­tu­re for the bene­fit of both sides.”

Wagen­in­gen Uni­ver­si­ty & Rese­arch” is one of the world’s most high­ly respec­ted insti­tu­tes in the field of agri­cul­tu­re and life sci­en­ces and one of its main rese­arch are­as is com­mer­cial hor­ti­cul­tu­re. “Start­Li­fe” is affi­lia­ted to the uni­ver­si­ty and pro­mo­tes gra­dua­tes and young entre­pre­neurs who­se star­tups work on pro­mi­sing pro­jects with a prac­ti­cal focus. Mana­ging Direc­tor Jan Mei­ling comments on the part­ners­hip with Klasmann-Deilmann: “Gro­wing media are still essen­ti­al for the suc­cess of hor­ti­cul­tu­ral com­pa­nies. In view of the company’s keen inte­rest in rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment, we are con­fi­dent that Klasmann-Deilmann is an ide­al match for us and our star­tups. We are alrea­dy loo­king for­ward to exci­ting joint pro­jects which will lead to the deve­lo­p­ment of inno­va­ti­ve app­li­ca­ti­ons and sus­tainab­le gro­wing media.”